Top Hooker

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fishing competition is family friendly, despite the title.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights the various skills required for fishing, which requires both patience and strength. Little is said about the impact of this activity on the environment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are both male and female, and from all walks of life. They are competitive, but are respectful.

Violence

Challenges range from weird to dangerous. Rods, hooks, harpoons, rifles, and other weapons are used to catch. Most fish are put back in water, but occasionally hooked fish are shown. Anglers sometimes get injured during challenges; no blood is visible. Viewers are warned not to try any of these things at home.

Sex

Despite the title, there's nothing really sexual, aside from a few offhand jokes about how cold affects men's private parts.

Language

Occasional expressions like "son of a b" are audible.

Consumerism

Chevrolet is a sponsor of the program; the winner receives a Chevy Silverado. Bass Pro Shop is prominently featured throughout the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite the provocative title, Top Hooker is a family-friendly fishing competition show whose iffy content is just a bit of mild language and innuendo. The quirky and fast-paced stunts, as well as the weapons (harpoons, rifles) used to catch fish will entertain kids of all ages, but folks of all ages should be reminded to never try any these stunts at home. Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shop are prominently featured throughout the show.

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What's the story?

TOP HOOKER is a reality competition starring top anglers catching fish for cash and prizes. Hosted by Reno Collier, the series features 10 amateur and professional fishermen and women from all over the world using their skills and various instruments to catch fish during individual and team challenges. The losers of the team challenge must then compete in an elimination test designed to send a contestant home. At the end of the competition, the angler left to hook the winning fish gets to take home a $30,000 grand prize, a new truck, and a big shiny trophy.

Is it any good?

It's a fishing show, but Top Hooker features enough fast-paced, quirky, and potentially dangerous stunts -- like requiring folks to catch goldfish with their mouths and scoop up fish while zip lining -- to create a fair amount of action and suspense to attract a wide-range of viewers. Some of the anglers' individual fishing techniques, like using harpoons and their bare hands, also make for some interesting moments.

Despite brief snippets of information offered about the type of fish they are catching, and the methods they are using, you won't find a lot of technical information here. No doubt that fishing enthusiasts will still be drawn to it, but even non-fishing fans may find themselves being reeled into the excitement.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fishing. What kinds of things do people have to know in order to catch fish? Is fishing a hobby or a sport? Do people who fish for fun and/or competition eat everything they catch? What is the impact of fishing on the ecosystem?

  • How can a reality show create exciting moments from a slow-paced activity, like fishing? Is it the camera angles? The music? The editing? If a fishing challenge lasts five minutes on TV, how long do you think that challenge really took to complete in real life?

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